The following is an excerpt from my regular series “A Stud. A Shave. A Statement,” as featured on Harry’s Five O’Clock Mag:
Long before doping schemes and $10,000 bikes there was Marshall Taylor, the first African American to take the title of “World Champion” – and that was forall sports, not just biking. Taylor (one of his many nicknames was the “Worchester Whirlwind”) and his viciously swift wheels paved the way for other African American superstars like Jackie Robinson, Jack Johnson, and Willie O’Ree.